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YellowStainedBlue & TREE

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What was the inspiration for creating your first zine?

In 2016, I was recovering from PTSD. To cope, I started doing things that I had enjoyed in my childhood. I tried doodling, writing stories, and making booklets for fun. In 2017, I revisited my art and writings from the year before. I took pictures of them, including a doodle that said "It's Okay to Not Feel OK," and made a mini-zine out of it to give to friends. That year, applications for the Claremont Zine Fest and CalArts Print Fair opened. I submitted a few of my zines and the rest is history..

How do zines help you relate/connect to others?

Zine fests for me have been an amazing experience in building community with other PoC artists, and like-minded progressive humans. Under Yellow Stained Blue, I have had lots of really cool conversations with my peers, tweens, and older adults about mental health and social issues such as racism and generational trauma. I hope that my art will comfort, challenge, and translate the power of vulnerability.

My twin TREE has also had wonderful experiences at zine fests. Born with a speech, motor skills, and learning disability, art has been an important tool in communicating TREE’s colorful outlook on life, as well as her unique struggles that she would otherwise have difficulty expressing verbally. Zine fests give TREE a chance to let her voice shine, inspire others, and connect with other humans living with disabilities.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

I think the beautiful thing about zines is that they are accessible and personal. Anyone can make zines and be a part of the zine community. I love the idea of zines being anti-capitalist media- that anyone can express themselves without restraint, in whatever style & aesthetic one chooses. I am not a professional artist and so I’m glad my voice and perspective can still be valued in this way. My advice for people who want to start making zines is to:
1) Read lots of other people's zines.
2) (If you're an overthinker like me..) Keep in mind that it’s OK to not know what you're doing.
3) Make content that is unapologetically “you.”
4) Fuck shit up and have fun with the process! <3